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A florist's guide to living coral - Pantone Color of the Year 2019

Written by Rona Wheeldon
July 18, 2019

Add impact to your floral designs with this year's selected vibrant shade of coral!

Pantone Color Of The Year 2019 Living Coral Banner 2800

Background

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute, a consulting service which forecasts global colour trends, has declared a particular colour 'Color of the Year'. And it's said to connect with the zeitgeist.

This year, living coral is their favoured hue. And here's the Institute's reason for their choice: 'In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.' If you'd like to read more about their decision surrounding this year's colour, simply pop over to the Pantone Color Institute website.

This bright coral shade, which is described as 'buoyant, vibrant and effervescent' is referred to as a shade of orange with golden undertones.

As soon as the announcement was made back in December, media interest ensued with articles in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, The Guardian and Elle Decor.

Fashion, interiors, beauty and art have all been inspired by this evocative colour. Check out these articles for examples: Elle, The Evening Standard, The Metro and Saatchi Art website.

Each year, Pantone's colour choice tends to have a trickle-down effect on the dress colours and decor choices of weddings in the following seasons. Just check out the #livingcoralwedding hashtag on Instagram for examples.

And the influence can also be felt in the floristry industry. Thankfully, there are lots of flowers in this vivid shade available at the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market, including Coral Sunset peonies pictured above. To follow is an overview of just some of the other coral blooms currently at the market...

Types

Vuvuzela Roses

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Vuvuzela Roses At Bloomfield

Miss Piggy Roses

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Miss Piggy Roses At Zest Flowers

Kensington Gardens Roses

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Kensington Gardens Roses At The Floral Garden Group

Lady Margaret Rose

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Lady Margaret Rose At Dg Wholesale Flowers

British Coral Roses

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 British Coral Roses At Zest Flowers

Coral Sweet Peas

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Coral Sweet Peas At Zest Flowers

Alstroemeria Estee

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Alstroemeria Estee At The Floral Garden Group

Coco Casino Hypericum

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Coco Casino Hypericum At Zest Flowers

Celosia cristata Haute Couture

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Celosia Cristata Haute Couture At Zest Flowers

Anthurium Sante Royal

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Anthurium Sante Royal At J H Hart Flowers

Antirrhinum Potomac Orange

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Antirrhinum Potomac Orange At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Germini Spider Lady Cracker

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Germini Spider Lady Cracker At Bloomfield

Coral Freesias

New Covent Garden Flower Market Report Living Coral Pantone Of The Year 2019 Coral Freesias At Dennis Edwards Flowers

This is just a snapshot of some of the coral flowers you can currently expect to find at the Flower Market. Don't also forget Rilona Amaryllis, Chaenomeles japonica, Aazur Salmon Ranunculus, Menton Tulips, Zenna M Gerberas, Grand Salmon Spray Chrysanthemums, Sebastian Dahlias and Auckland Calla Lilies!

Design Inspiration

Creating designs purely featuring coral blooms will give maximum impact. But you could also combine flowers in this hue with pink, yellow, plum or blue blooms for a harmonious look.

Here are some examples of beautiful floral designs featuring coral flowers...

Bouquet by Urban Flower Co

Vase Design by InWater Flowers

Floral Design by the McQueens Flower School Students

Bouquet Design by Rebel Rebel

Installation by Larry Walshe

Design by Harriet Parry

Mantelpiece Design by Paul Thomas

Bouquet by Pulbrook & Gould

Vase Design by NB Flowers

Urn Design by SuperNature Flowers

We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using coral flowers from the Flower Market. Just send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.

And please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

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